Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 15 /Trend, A.Akhundov/
State of Punjab is interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in the field of agriculture, said on Friday the Minister of Agriculture of the Punjab State, Sutch Singh Lang, summing up the visit of the delegation led by him to Baku.
"The purpose of the visit is to study possibilities of cooperation with CIS countries in the field of agriculture. The delegation visited Kazakhstan, and will leave for Kiev at the conclusion of the visit to Baku," said Lang. The minister said that the areas of cultivation of seeds, fruits and vegetables cause an interest in Azerbaijan.
"If necessary, Punjab can export to Azerbaijan rice, corn and beef," said Lang.
According to him, in Baku the representatives of the State of Punjab held meetings with the Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bahram Aliyev and the Deputy Minister of Economic Development Niyazi Safarov. They also met with agricultural companies of Azerbaijan, NGOs, visited Azersun Holding's plant for the production of butter and margarine.
The delegation included the chairman of the Punjab Agro-Industrial Corporation Sarandzhit Singh Dhillon, general secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture of the State Navrit Singh Kang, executive director of the Agro-Industrial Corporation of the State Santosh Kumar Sandhui and other representatives of the state and the private sector.
According to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Azerbaijan Debnat Show, the trade turnover between the two countries in 2009 totaled $320 million.
"In 2010, trade turnover will exceed last year's figure," said Show.
According to the diplomat, the majority of trade between the two countries account for the purchase of Azeri oil by India, and the share of exports of Indian tea and rice to Azerbaijan also increases.
"In 2009, the export of rice and tea totaled $5 million," said Show.